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Half-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour
"Our tour guide and driver pick you up at the hotel then start the tour. At first you are taken to cafe meeting point to meet your group have a full safety briefing about the Tour and enjoy street food. Then tour around Hanoi city's popular and historic sights like Hanoi Opera House Old Quarter
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Half-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour
"The tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and then start the tour at 8.00 then we head to the first visit - Hanoi Opera House on the way to stop at Vietnam Fine Art Museum .Next we will cross the bustle street for a short walking inside the campus of the first university of Vietnam – Temple of Literature – which was built in 10th century under Ly Dynasty who greatly influenced the headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation where many important Vietnamese Buddhism activities are taken place etc... take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of each place visited. After that you will stop at local restaurants to taste a large range of local food and enjoy unlimited drinks. After lunch/dinner you are taken back to your hotel.tour guide and driver pick you up at the hotel then start the tour.Option 1:Hanoi City Sightseeing TourDescription:4 hours - be on the back of the scooter ridden by a local tour guide
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Half-Day Hanoi City Tour by Scooter
"You will be met up with our motorbike-riding-tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown at 8am then we head to the first visit - Hanoi Opera House while on the way we'll stop to visit the Vietnam Fine Art Museum. Next we will cross the bustling street for a short walking inside the campus of the first university of Vietnam – Temple of Literature – which was built in 10th century under Ly Dynasty who greatly influen the headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation where many important Vietnamese Buddhism activities are taken place. Leaving the architectural and cultural spots for an second hand goods selling area on motorbike will make you feel you will continue on motorbike to pass through Hanoi 36 Old Streets. You will experience lunch at an authentic Vietnamese bia hoi (draft beer) restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. You will be amongst the locals soft drinks or tea .Spend time shopping before our motorbike guide drives you back to your hotel"
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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Modeled after the Palais Garnier the French constructed this opera house between 1901-1911, and it stands at a major intersection not far from Hoan Kiem Lake. Architects Harley and Broyer designed the building which stood over a drained pond. After the French left the famous landmark became the scene of several political events as well as some street fighting for the control of Hanoi. During the colonial period the opera house relied on visiting French and Italian artists. In 1945 the Viet Minh announced that they had taken over the city from the balcony of the opera house. Some years after the French left the opera house was used for plays and musicals.In 1960 the first non-French/Italian opera was performed under the Soviet/Vietnamese cultural auspices with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Today the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanoi Conservatory perform there accompanied by some famous Vietnamese singers. Vietnam has some top class composers and the opera house has seen some premiers over the years, Miss Sao in 1965, The Sculptor in 1971, and others. The National ballet stages some classics such as swan lake as well as traditional and modern Vietnamese dance programs.

If you are interested in having a night at the opera please refer to the website below (but you have to translate it) . I see at the time of my review that tickets are being sold for Hamlet, Nutcracker Ballet and others . Tickets cost from $14 to $45, a bargain for opera fans.

Tickjets are available from here
http://ticketvn.com/Category/m+Hanoi-Opera-House

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davidjo
Dec 05, 2016

Hanoi's Opera

Hanoi's opera house is well worth a short visit because of its impressive outside. It looks like a giant French colonial mansion and is really a beautiful building. The building was constructed to resemble the Parisian opera - I haven't seen the latter, so I'm not sure if its true. More interesting than the building itself are the events there. Try to get tickets for a concert, an opera or another show. There are plenty of different events which you can check here.

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King_Golo
Jul 20, 2014

Elegant French Colonial Opera House

The Hanoi Opera is a stunningly beautiful building, and one of the few positive things that ever came out of French colonialism. It was built by the French in 1911 and modelled on Paris' famed Palais Garnier.

We stayed at the Hilton Opera, directly adjacent to the Opera itself, and our room had a great view of the building. But the highlight came one night when Fidel Castro was in town and made a visit to the Opera. We waited outside for over an hour until Castro came out, and we were able to get a glimpse of him being whisked away in his limo. Seeing Fidel Castro in Vietnam had to be the most Communist experience that I can possibly imagine.

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Rodan44
Apr 04, 2011

Fine French Colonial architecture

The French certainly left their mark on Hanoi’s streets when they ran the country. As Hanoi is the capital, it has been blessed with some beautiful French colonial architecture with the Opera House being their crowning glory. Built between 1901 and 1911, it is a small scale replica of the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris’s two opera houses. Unfortunately, to get inside, you'll have to attend a performance.

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May 12, 2010
 
 
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I would have liked to go inside!

This building is a « must see » in Hanoi, and you will not be disappointed by this classical-baroque-art nouveau building and even feel a bit of French atmosphere, as it was built in 1911 by architects Broger and Harloy as a small copy of the Opéra Garnier (the Paris Opera house) in the centre of the French quarter of Hanoi. From far it looks like, but the decoration of the copy, built with white and yellow painted stones is way not as “rich” as the original.
It has been restored with the help of the French government in 1997; it is indeed a nice view from the streets, day or night, with wide open space around.
When there are no performances it is closed and even not possible to walk in the garden on the north western side; in the gardens of the south eastern side is a garden café you can enter only if you tell the watchman you want to have a drink or snack; from there it is possible to have a closer look at architectural details; the “art deco” glass awnings on the side entrances (picture3) are stylish! The coloured tile friezes (Picture4), or the campanile on the roof give this building some character. Best to enjoy this building might be to look from far first, then have a drink in the nearby café and take time to look at details.
I wish you have the luck to look inside if you pass by, I only could look through the glass doors of the main entrance and it looks quite “chic” inside (Main picture), with the red carpet, marble stairs, flowers. . . .

The French and Austrian embassies organised a performance of the Magic Flute with local artists in 2006; I would have liked to listen and to watch such a performance. I link you to the Queen of the Night, waiting for a new opportunity to have the live performance (click on 04). (I know, on hi fi it would be better!)

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kokoryko
Jan 19, 2008

A Visit to the French Quarters

A visit to the French Quarters of Hanoi is an absolute must. Really, the colonial buildings here are gorgeous despite the Vietnamese addiction to ochre-coloured paint.

Take a look around and marvel at the Neo-Baroque facade of the Opera House, the History Museum, the Geographic Museum. You'll find that the colonial buildings here are more well-maintained and stately compared to the ones found in Ho Chi Minh. If you really need to know, the Opera House was recently refurbished at a cost of a whopping USD$20million.

Tip: Look out for strange mythical creatures on the roof of the Opera House.

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bpacker
Dec 12, 2007

Municipal Theatre.

The Opera House is based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera and took ten years to build. It was finally opened in 1911. Unfortunately though there's no access to the public, unless of coarse you're lucky enough to see a performance.

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bcatton
Aug 31, 2007

Hanoi Opera House

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in Hanoi and makes you feel you are in Europe instead of Vietnam. Located on the corner of Trang Tien Street, the Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon) was built by the French and opened in 1911 (modelled on the Paris Opera buildings). On 19 August 1945, the Viet Minh declared an independence democratic republic of Vietnam from th balcony of this building. The opera house was restored in 1997, resulting in a very stunning architecture at the heart of Hanoi.

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French Quarters - The Opera House

French influence is noticeable on most buildings' and landmarks' architecture around the French Quarters' area. Take the Opera House; if you've been to the actual Opera House in Paris, you'll notice a resemblance.

We took a cyclo ("motorcycle) ride to the Opera House from the Old Quarters. Felt like I was in a time travel capsule enjoying my ride that transported me from the local cultures and charms at the Old Quarters, to a newer and modern French Quarters' area with a very French outlook.

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juliewong
Dec 23, 2006

Opera House

This historic Art Nouveau building was built in 1911. You need to attend a performance such as a ballet dance, in order to enter. If you are not interested, just enjoy its grandeur from the outside when you pass by the french quarters. Around it, you can also see lots of colonial buidlings that marked the presence of the French in its past.

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Applelyn
Apr 26, 2006

Opera House

Another great example of colonnial architecture, the Opera House (built in 1911) overlooks one of the busiest intersections in Hanoi (and that's saying something!).

(I was standing in the middle of the road - so I had to wait for a very quiet moment to take this picture!)

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leffe3
Feb 21, 2006

Opera House

The Ha Noi Opera House was completed in 1911 in the same architectural style as the Opera House in Paris. This is the most striking building in Hanoi with its neo-Baroque architecture that feature pillars and balconies overlooking the city center. The 900-seat opera house plays host to visiting foreign performances as well as Vietnamese symphonies. If you enjoy this type of entertainment, the best seats usually sell for less than $10 USD10. It was from a balcony of this building on 16th august 1945 that the Viet Minh announced from the main balcony that they had taken over the city.

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Blatherwick
Feb 21, 2006

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